Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fashion. Show all posts

Friday, December 23, 2016

Loving Freshly Picked


I have been a customer and window shopper/lover of Freshly Picked since I became pregnant with Sophia last year. I was so excited when we purchased her first pair earlier this year (we chose the newborn ivory pair) as they were super easy to put on and stay on.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Fall Wardrobe 2016 | Little Love

When I was planning our trip to New York (I plan to post a trip review soon), I had so much fun picking out all of our outfits (to be honest, I started on my outfits months ago haha) but I never realized how much fun it was to play in Sophia's closet as well. When selecting her outfits for our trip, I wanted to make sure she was warm enough as Northerners have real fall compared to us Houstonians. Like it barely turned fall now, like two days ago. 

Anyways, once we returned home I was so excited for Sophia to wear the same outfits that she wore in New York down here in the South and I even created more fall looks. The problem is, it has been too hot until now which is why I am barely sharing Fall Outfits towards the end of Fall because Houston doesn't know what seasons are.

A lot of her clothes are great finds from resell shops, Instashops including my own. If I can't find the exact items, I will link similar items for each piece of clothing.

Bow | Onesie (similar) | Fur Vest (similar) | Leggings (similar) (similar) | Boots (similar)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Looks with Gymboree | Tips & Tricks

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As some of ya'll may remember Anthony started school yesterday. Although he is taking distance education courses compared to the traditional face-to-face courses, it made us take a trip down memory lane and remember what it was like starting a new school year.

I remember being so antsy and staying up all night (or only getting a few hours of sleep and waking up super early) wondering what the first day back would be like. I also always created the perfect outfits for the first day because you have to make a great first impression back at school. At the schools I attended, we were limited to uniforms but that doesn't mean I was limited in creating outfits. I used accessories and shoes to help make my outfit look different from everyone else. There was even a night I got dressed and fell asleep in my clothes, I was that excited, haha.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Messy Mama Hair

I can't be the only one wondering how style bloggers always have perfect hair right? I mean even the mama style bloggers are always looking flawless and I'm over here rocking my Aunt Trunchbull messy bun 24/7. I wish I could say it's because I'm a mama, although that is part of it but mostly because my hair is a frizzy mess with this Houston humidity and if you do catch me on a good hair day, praise the Lord!


Other than the humidity, it is because Sophia grabs my hair and wants to eat it every time it's down or it just gets in my way when I'm trying to do something and it's easier throwing it in a bun but it can give me some major headaches since my hair is so heavy. It's no wonder some mamas cut their hair in cute little bobs but I love my long hair too much to try that again even if it's always in a bun.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Modern Flat Bow | Tutorial

Hey guys! I know it's been a good while since my last interesting post, haha. I have been doing weekly updates on how I am staying active weekly but I know that can be a bore for some of you so I'm back today with a tutorial but first a little background.

If you follow me on Instagram (@stormieariel) than you know I recently opened my own small shop on Insta (@shopstormieariel). Since Sophia was born, actually before she was born, I loved the way nylon headbands looked. They are so sweet and simple and chic, perfect for a little girl. BUT the price tag on most of them kept me from biting the bullet and even if they were a reasonable price, I couldn't pick just one. So I decided to teach myself how to make bows since I had fabric on hand that was left over from the fabric kites I made for Sophia's nursery plus I also had tons of ribbon on hand from my numerous other projects and from my schoolgirl days.


And I know there are mommas out there like me who are on a budget and need to know how to make simple bows to get them by until they can splurge so I decided to make a video tutorial of how I make one of the bows I sell in my shop. It is the simplest and easiest bow tutorial, so easy a caveman can do it (name that commercial). Also, please let me know how you like the video tutorial in the comments below. I would love the feedback as to which I should start including videos in all my tutorials or if step by step photos preferred or both!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fourth of July | Outfit Ideas

Besides looking for quick and easy craft projects to do, I also think about outfits I want to create for each holiday. However I try to stay away from holiday specific theme clothing like stars or american flags because I want to be able to wear my clothing year around. Instead of focusing on themes, I like to put outfits together around colors that coordinate with each holiday. 

Today, I put together two different looks for Fourth of July and I already know which one I'm learning towards!

Monday, May 2, 2016

3 Ways | Mother's Day Dress

Hey guys! How was y'alls weekend? Ours was so relaxing, we lounged around most of the day Saturday and yesterday we got some chores done around the house as well as photograph this lavender lilac purple dress.


I have had this dress for years and have used it in numerous types of occasions. I  wore it to my graduation, our gender reveal party, etc. and now it's on my radar to wear for my first Mother's Day. I love that this dress has this beautiful sleeve and back detail. 



So I thought I would create three different ways I can style it by simply switching out the shoes and adding/removing necklaces.

For my first look I went with the obvious and paired the dress with wedges (perfect for spring and summer) and a statement necklace. I love how a statement necklace alone can transform any outfit.




My second look was toned down a bit by trading the wedges for cute sandals (a more casual but still cute option for spring and summer)  and adding a simple pendant necklace. Although my accessories are a little more simple with this look, doesn't mean my outfit is simple. The detailing on this dress is more than enough and becomes the focus.



My final look takes this dress down a few notches and makes this look more casual but still like I put effort into it. I don't know about y'all but I've been watching this trend and have been skeptical of it but I think I like it. Dresses are so comfy (but don't get too comfortable that you aren't sitting like a lady) and pairing them with tennis is kinda genius. 



If only I didn't have to worry about the bending over situation and sitting lady-like and let's not forget nursing my sweet little babe, I'd probably have a lot more dresses in my closet. I was also hoping the v-neck wrap bust area would make nursing possible while wearing but it doesn't so I will still be on the hunt of what to wear but that doesn't stop you from using these outfits as inspiration. I have linked similar versions of the dress below.

Which is your favorite look? Are you a dress fan? 

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Sandals | Academy (similar
Tennis | Ed Hardy (similar)
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Statement Necklace | Charming Charlie (similar)
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Cinco de Mayo Outfit Inspiration + GIVEAWAY

I don't know about ya'll but I love Cinco de Mayo, when I was in school we actually celebrated the day by putting on a dance performance.  I also enjoy having an excuse to eat all the tacos and margaritas I want although this year I'll just enjoy tacos and an excuse to dress up!

So when I got the opportunity to collaborate with Pink Blush, I knew I wanted to choose something that would help me feel festive in a chic and fashionable way while being nursing friendly. Pink Blush offers clothing for all stages in a women's life from maternity to nursing to regular and plus sizes. This Ivory Embroidered Accent Tie Front Blouse isn't from their nursing line but that's what I love about Pink Blush, majority of their pieces are so versatile and can cross over into whatever stage of life you are in.




I love that this blouse has a button front closure, certainly makes nursing easier while out enjoying tacos but those tassels details are darling! Who else is loving the tassel trend?






So now onto the GIVEAWAY! Pink Blush was so nice to extend a $50 gift card to one of you lucky ladies! Enter to win using the widget below.  

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Real Everyday Style of a New Mom

I can't be the only new mom wondering how the heck other bloggers or Instagram mommas always look so put together? I mean I can barely manage to brush my teeth in the morning let alone get dressed! No joke, I stay in my pajamas until noon which is when my husband comes home for lunch so he can entertain Little Love while I throw on some clothes. Maybe if I woke up before Little Love's morning feeding I could probably manage a morning routine but lets get real waking about every 2-3 hours I'm too exhausted to try to wake up earlier than her at this point. Also, lets not forget to mention the extra fluff us everyday moms still have from the pregnancy and I don't have the budget to buy a whole new wardrobe.

Side Story: When I first tried to gain inspiration for my new style as a mom I typed in everyday looks for moms on Pinterest and a lot of the outfits are cute and simple but most of them are moms wearing jeans or dresses or skirts. For one, jeans are not comfortable for me to lay around in or get on the floor plus my jeans still don't fit right now. Number two, when you have a child you don't want to have to worry about sitting like a lady so that takes out the skirts and dresses all together PLUS being a nursing momma I have to have the right dress that allows easy access to the boob but again who has time to sit like a lady when you have a newborn in tow?

Back to the point, I decided to share what I have been wearing on the day to day this last month as a new momma. I recreated each outfit I remember wearing since I was to occupied taking photos of my babygirl everyday that I didn't manage to take snapshots of me wearing each outfit but be warned these outfits are not fashionable by any means. My everyday style right now is meant for comfort and easy access to nurse my daughter.

Side Note: I do try to dress nicer when we have somewhere to go but if we are home all day than comfort wins overall.

The first three outfits were on constant repeat the first week and half postpartum because they were the only nursing shirts I had (and yes those are the same shorts, don't judge). I did however decide to shop (see my review here) and bought a few more nursing friendly shirts.
Striped Nursing Shirt | Shorts (similar)
Maternity Shirt (similar| Shorts (similar)

Maternity Cross-Front Shirt (similar) | Shorts (similar)
The two nursing camis quickly became my favorite and those were on constant repeat and I would only wear the others when the nursing camis needed to be washed.
Nursing Camis | Nike Shorts (similar)
Nursing Camis | Nike Shorts (similar)
Nursing Tops | Shorts (similar)
Nursing Camis | Shorts (similar)
Nursing Tops | Nike Shorts (similar)
I finally came to the conclusion that you don't necessarily need nursing shirts or button up shirts to nurse, they make things easier but they aren't necessarily necessary so I started wearing my regular camis as well and I just pull down the strap when I nurse, after all I am home in my room so no need to be discreet.
Basic Camis (similar) | Nike Shorts (similar)
I hope you were able to grab inspiration and enjoyed seeing the real everyday look of a new momma.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Fashion Finds | New Mommy

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Remember how in this post, I was talking about my urge to shop, well I gave in BUT for good reason! I needed more nursing friendly clothes as I only had two nursing shirts and one nursing dress and luckily I was a winner of a Pink Blush gift card giveaway! So technically, I didn't purchase those;) but before I break down each item I wanted to give you guys my size for size reference. Before pregnancy I wore a S or M in tops depending on the make and during pregnancy I wore a S or M in maternity shirts.
Navy Stripe Button Up Blouse
This blouse is so beautiful and perfect to dress up or dress down and being a button up allows easy access to nurse! I went ahead a picked a medium but as you can see on the model this shirt has a very relaxed and loose fit therefore I am exchanging mine for a small because I prefer it to be a little more fitted than that.

Coral Button Up Blouse
The detailing on this shirt called me, I love the sheerness near the collar bone area, it makes a typically button up look different. I picked out a medium in this shirt but as I still have extra fluff from the pregnancy, it is a little tight when I button it but it has nice stretch to it so I plan to keep the medium until it fits better.
Yellow Button Front Cutout Accent Sleeveless Blouse
This shirt is not my usual style but I decided to give it a try since it has buttons (shirts with buttons provide that easy access to nurse) however the buttons are just for details, the shirt doesn't actually button up. I was willing to let that slide since the shirt is very flowy and see-through therefore I could easily wear a nursing cami underneath. I picked a medium and even though the shirt is meant to be big and flowly, it was also big in the arm pit area so I am exchanging it for a small as well.

The next two items were purchases I actually made because I wanted something more casual to wear at home. I made both of these purchases from H&M and pre-pregnancy I always had to size up because their clothing seemed to run small and/or they would shrink after being washed and dried.
Nursing Camis
These shirts are a God-send! I love them and wear them pretty much every day, no joke. I need to purchase more. I bought these in a large and they fit perfectly in the chest region and a little loose around my tummy area but not too much just enough for comfort.
Nursing Tops
I was really excited about these but was a little disappointed. I purchased a large because like I said the items I have purchased from H&M run small and/or shrink when washed. When I tried them on they did fit loose and especially loose in the chest region but I thought they would shrink when washed (as that has been my previous experience) and they did not. Since they are washed I can no longer return or exchange them so I'm stuck with these very loose nursing shirts. If I would have gotten them in a medium, I think they would be amazing though so just a heads up to get your actual size in these!

Well that's it for today's fashion finds and stay tuned for an awesome collaboration coming in the next few weeks!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

To Shop or Not to Shop

So I think I may be the only weird one but I'm having a hard time shopping for Little Love. I always hear how moms to be can go overboard on buying babygirl clothes but I have a hard time picturing her in outfits since I don't know what she looks like yet. But I do know once I see her then it'll be hard for me to stop shopping for her. I did give in to buying one outfit only because regardless of what she looks like it is perfect for her.


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Isn't it perfect?? Since I didn't know about this outfit till after Valentine's Day, we were able to get a little discount off of it so it made it even better.

While I don't have the need or temptation to buy clothing for Little Love, I have been having the urge to shop for myself but for post pregnancy clothes. I haven't bought anything though (yet) because I know I obviously won't be the same size afterwards and don't know how long it will take me to loose my baby weight so no point in spending the money so I'm being patient but can't help but to day dream.


Denim Vest
I could probably get away with buying this vest now since I don't button or zip up my vests anways but I'll resist for now.


Lace Trim Tee
Pleated Top
This shirt comes in 14 different patterns and it would be too hard for me to choose just one if I was in the market.

Well a girl can certainly dream and for the mean time I will just live vicariously through you all if you buy new clothes and want to share photos!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day | Outfit Ideas

Anthony and I normally don't do anything too fancy on actual Valentine's Day because we don't like dealing with the crowds. Our usual spot to celebrate is Olive Garden and they don't take reservations so we normally go on another day to celebrate or cook something similar at home. One year Anthony went all out and recreated the salad and breadsticks for us, it was amazing. I am not sure what we will be doing this year, if we do anything at all but that hasn't stopped me from outfit scheming.

My first option has a classy feel to it with the delicate pearls and light pink shade. I most likely will wear this one with the cognac flats but thought it would be nice for yall to see it with wedges for you non-preggos.

Classy Option 1

Classy Option 2

Something about the classy outfit seems so timeless and sweet to me, maybe it's the pink. My next option is the complete opposite with the zipper joggers paired with a striped tee and blazer. This outfit was fun to come up with and would make me feel edgy if I were to try this one. 

Edgy

The third option I created, I was going for a sexy vibe and something about red, leather and leopard screams that to me. This option could be switched around by adding a leopard clutch or heels instead of the scarf or maybe leather leggings if your shirt is long enough to cover yourself (save that type of sexy for the bedroom ladies, we are not interested in what undies you are or are not wearing).

Sexy

Due to my feet hurting so easily, I most likely will stick with Classy Option 1 for my Valentine's Day look but I hope you were able to grab inspiration and can pull an outfit together whether your enjoying a meal with your lover or your girlfriends.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dressing the Bump | Second Trimester Style

In the beginning of pregnancy, I really struggled with how to stay fashionable while incorporating my new growing accessory (the baby bump). I was able to continue wearing my normal pants for a while by doing the hair tie trick around the button until about 14 weeks. My friend was kind enough to allow me to borrow some of her maternity clothes while I slowly built my collection. 

I would definitely say my must was investing in good quality maternity pants. Unfortunately, that means spending money but for me it was worth every penny purchasing maternity pants from Maternity Motherhood instead of Target. I have worn all four of my pants from Maternity Motherhood countless times and have only worn the Target pair like twice. They just are not comfortable to me whereas the Maternity Motherhood pants fit me so perfectly. As for shirts, I have been able to continue wearing most of my normal shirts until recently. I think it was around 25 weeks where only two or three of my normal shirts fit so now I am strictly in maternity besides those few. I have purchased most of my maternity shirts from Goodwill or Ross and I wear the ones my friend is letting me borrow and another friend let me have quite a few.

Of course, I continued to add layers such as cardigans, vests, jackets, statement necklaces, etc. to help create each outfit (thank God my pregnancy has been during the fall/winter season) while I found my pregnancy style. Let's take a look at memory lane of my outfit choices during the second trimester and excuse me while I get emotional seeing my baby bump.

13 Weeks




14 Weeks


17 Weeks


18 Weeks





19 Weeks



20 Weeks




21 Weeks




22 Weeks




23 Weeks





Sweater | Maternity Pants |
Pearl Necklace (similar) | Flats (similar)

24 Weeks

High School Shirt | Maternity Jeans | Sperry's

Maternity Shirt (similar) | Maternity Crop Jeans |
Sandals (similar) | Statement Necklace (similar)

27 Weeks



Lace Trim Cami (similar) | Leggings (similar) |
Sweater (similar)

Now, I am loving my bump and most days it is enough of an accessory in itself that I keep my outfits simple.

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